Newest addition to Stamps Courtyard

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Mike Sampson--The new statue is on the far left corner across from East James and the Yeager building.

A bronze Bible sculpture, the 2009 class gift, will sit in the northeast corner of Stamps Courtyard. Completion of the project is set for October 2010.

At 37.5 inches wide, 29 inches tall and 4 to 5 inches thick, the Bible will lay open on an angled mount. The pages will feature the words of 2 Timothy 2:15, which reads, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” The cement bast of the statue began construction in August 2010.

“Development of concept designs for the sculpture began in October 2009,” Mark Wyatt, vice president for marketing and communication, said. “The bronze sculpture was cast last spring and the architecture and engineering designs for the base were finalized this summer.”

Artist Lance Jost is the designer and creator of the Bible sculpture.

“Jost previously created the Lancer mosaic displayed on the south facing exterior wall of the Van Dyne Gym, as well as the cross mounted atop the James Building bell tower,” Wyatt said.

The Bible sculpture was made possible through $21,000 in donations from the class of 2009.

Class gifts are ultimately chosen by ASCBU’s executive council, which consists of the president, vice president, communications director, office manager and business manager. Both the school and class make suggestions.

Candace Bell, ASCBU communications director, said the goal is to “find a gift that would be highly appreciated and useful.”

Sophomore Brian Barnes thinks the Bible sculpture will be a positive addition to the campus. “It shows how much each class at CBU cares for one another instead of hostility between the classes, like in high school or secular campuses,” Barnes said.